More than 130 union tradeswomen from 19 states, as well as Canada and Denmark, joined together recently for the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) All-Women’s Hike at Great Falls Park in McLean, Va.

The women who participated in the hike represented 13 different union trades—machinists, cement masons, electrical workers, insulators, ironworkers, painters, carpenters, laborers, plumbers and pipefitters, bricklayers, elevator constructors, operating engineers, and sheet metal workers.

“These women are breaking barriers and paving the way for other women in the trades,” said USA Communications Manager Kate Nation. “They are just the type of women we need to inspire the next generation, especially young girls, to pursue outdoor sports like hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping and put their skills and knowledge to work for conservation.”

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